Eddie wins coach of the year
A huge congratulations to Glasgow City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black on winning the Sports Council for Glasgow ‘Coach of the Year’ award this week.
Glasgow City enjoyed a phenomenal season this year lifting the SWPL for the fifth year in a row after winning all 20 League matches they played, scoring a phenomenal 136 goals and conceding only 6. In addition, City picked up the Henson Projects Scottish Cup on Sunday to bag the double after a comfortable 3-0 win over Hibernian.
However, perhaps Eddie and City’s greatest achievement this season was in Europe, where he guided his team to the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. After winning their first three qualification round matches, without conceding a single goal, City progressed to the last 32, the first Scottish women’s side ever to reach the knock out stages of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. This meant Glasgow City went on to create more history as they hosted Scotland’s first ever UEFA Women’s Champions League match last September when they took on Icelandic Champions Valur Reykjavik. City went on to defeat Valur 4-1 over two legs to make the last 16, a quite remarkable achievement for a Scottish side. Sadly City were knocked out by German giants and two time winners Turbine Potsdam, but to reach the last 16 in the most elite club tournament in the world, is one that Eddie and the players and staff at Glasgow City should be extremely proud of.
Eddie is also in contention to win the Scottish Women’s Football Coach of the Year award a week on Friday and players Leanne Ross and Christie Murray are shortlisted for Player of the Year.
Moreover, City are in the running for two gongs at the highly prestigious Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish sports awards, hosted by Kelly Dalglish, which will be broadcast on STV on Sunday 4th December at 9pm. City are shortlisted for ‘Scottish Team of the Year’ and ‘Scottish Amateur Award’.
The City first team just missed out on ‘Performance Team of the Year’ at the Sports Council Awards, receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ award, with the main prize going to Speedway Champions Glasgow Tigers.
Pictured - City Captain Rachel Corsie and Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black with the awards